It has 80 amazing chocolate recipes. What could be better than that?!
And they’re made with healthy ingredients to boot, so that my family and I can enjoy them. Because I’m not one of those 80-20 girls. I’m a girl that’s 100% grain-free, 100% of the time. Have been now since 2001. That’s over a decade, as you can see, it’s going on 13 years.
So Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook? I’m in. I’m all in. So in that I wrote the introduction to this amazing book. But that’s not why I like it, or why I’m telling you to buy it. Don’t buy it because of me. Buy it because it has incredible recipes and beautiful photographs. And because it uses the wonderfully high quality ingredients as I mentioned above. And because it teaches you to make your own dairy-free chocolate from scratch. As well as your own dairy-free white chocolate from scratch. This book is gluten-free, grain-free and 100% dairy-free –yes, your prayers are answered. Dairy-free chocolate. You may just want to lick the pages of Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook.
Whether you’re making White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Biscotti, Chocolate Pudding or (dairy-free) Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake, you will find yourself in healthy chocolate heaven. And did I mention the Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream? My husband and children swooned over this little scoop of dessert paradise and it can’t be beat.
So, if you’re going to buy one book this year, yes, you heard me right, if you’re going to buy one book this year, make it Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook. To summarize it in one quick and easy word, “YUM.”
Although I haven’t spoken a lot about sleep here, it is something that is absolutely essential when it comes to good health. Like the Standard American Diet, which leads to so many medical issues, sleep deprivation and sleeping problems can be equally detrimental to your well-being.
I’m regularly focused on getting enough sleep, it’s a key part of my health program. In fact, in healing the autoimmune conditions with which I’ve been diagnosed, sleep is as critical for me as eating the proper foods. Sleep, is in fact, a form of nourishment, and strangely enough, I recently read an article in the New York Times in which I learned that sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain.
How is that possible? According to the New York Times:
Losing sleep tends to make people eat more and gain weight, and now a new study suggests that one reason may be the impact that sleep deprivation has on the brain…The research showed that depriving people of sleep for one night created pronounced changes in the way their brains responded to high-calorie junk foods. On days when the subjects had not had proper sleep, fattening foods like potato chips and sweets stimulated stronger responses in a part of the brain that helps govern the motivation to eat. But at the same time, the subjects experienced a sharp reduction in activity in the frontal cortex, a higher-level part of the brain where consequences are weighed and rational decisions are made.
Apparently, sleep deprivation is double trouble for the brain –it causes one part of the brain to crave high-fat, high-sugar foods, while lowering the executive function in the part of the brain that helps with impulse control. The New York Times article further states:
Large population studies show that both adults and children are more likely to be overweight and obese the less they sleep at night.
One study in my academic backyard, The University of Colorado, showed that people who lose just a few hours of sleep a few nights in a row gain an average of approximately two pounds. Why? When sleep deprivation occurs, stress hormones (think cortisol) rise, as does inflammation. Further, hormones that stimulate appetite increase, while hormones that blunt it drop. Insulin resistance increases as well.
Can Sleep Loss Add to Weight Gain? I think it is safe to say that sleep is a good thing all around. Still, I find it compelling that sleep is also critical when it comes to getting into shape and staying fit. That’s why when it comes to fitness, I’ve regularly made a habit of choosing sleep over exercise –ideally, I want both. But when it comes down to it, I’ll take sleep over exercise any day.
So, go ahead and get yourself a good night’s sleep. Get as much as you can, and don’t feel guilty about sleeping ever again! It’s good for you in more ways than you’ll ever know.
Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops are perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities alike. I used Paleo Pumpkin Bread to make these wonderful gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free cake pops. My children and their friends devoured them and I was none too sad about this given that these Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops contain both pumpkin (high in beta-carotene) and dark chocolate (rich in antioxidants).
I’m doing my best these days to keep the boys and their friends (all teenagers now) away from processed junk food. I’m feeding them lots of high-protein snacks as well as my healthier desserts. So far it seems to be working.
I hope you and yours enjoy these Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops as much as we do!
- Bake Paleo Pumpkin Bread
- Cool Paleo Pumpkin Bread completely
- Crumble Paleo Pumpkin Bread into a big bowl, making sure there are no large pieces
- Mash Paleo Pumpkin Bread with your hands so that it starts to clump together
- Using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop form balls
- Be sure to press balls very firmly with your hands so they hold together
Place balls on a parchment paper lined plate and place in freezer for 30 minutes
- Melt dark chocolate in a very small pot, over very low heat
- One at a time, dip about ½ inch of the tip of a lollipop stick into melted chocolate
- Insert the lollipop stick straight into a cake ball, no more than halfway through
- Holding stick with cake ball attached, dip entire cake ball into melted chocolate, until covered
- Make sure chocolate coating meets at base of lollipop stick; this helps secure cake ball to stick
- Twirl any excess chocolate coating off the cake pop so it is evenly coated
- Place cake pop into a Styrofoam block
- Complete with remaining cake pops and allow set completely
- Serve your Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops!
Makes 12 cake pops (refrigerate in a sealed container)
Making Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops is a fun party activity. You can let the little ones crumble up the Paleo Pumpkin Bread and wad it into balls and then pass it over to you to assemble on the lollipop sticks and dip into melted dark chocolate.
For more information on how to make cake pops, check out Bakerella’s excellent video.
Although I haven’t tried it myself, I bet these cake pops would taste incredible dipped in white chocolate.
Here are some of my healthier Halloween recipes:
These gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free Paleo Halloween Cupcakes are a wonderfully festive dessert. While we can no longer give out homemade treats to our trick-or-treaters, making Paleo Halloween Cupcakes for Halloween gatherings and parties screams celebration to your ghoulish guests. I hope you enjoy this fun (mostly) allergy-free dessert as much as we do!
- Bake Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes and allow to cool for 2 hours
- Make Paleo Chocolate Frosting
- Pipe frosting onto cupcakes
- Place decorations on cupcakes
Makes 8 spooky cupcakes
Did you know that I link many of the ingredients in my recipes to outside sites that provide complete product information? All of the information you need in terms of which type of ingredient to use, or where to buy it is only a click away. Feel no obligation to purchase from the vendors to which I link –some online products are far cheaper, and others are ridiculously overpriced!
In the recipe above the “ingredients” are my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes, my Paleo Chocolate Frosting, and the adorable decorations (I bought mine at Sur La Table, make or purchase your own from anywhere you wish). Here are some amazingly spooky, yet adorable cupcakes for your gluten-free boys and girls.
Many of you have made these cupcakes and know that they are fairly simple to throw together. The frosting is an easy recipe as well. After you make it, put it into a pastry bag with your favorite tip –I’m not sure which tip number I used as none of my piping tips are labeled, so apologies in advance for not being able to answer that question.
Here are some of my healthier Halloween recipes:
These Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Filling are not only gluten and grain-free, they’re dairy-free and nut-free as well.
Whoopie pies are little cake-like cookies filled with a rich creamy center. I’ve long wanted to make a gluten-free, grain-free whoopie pie cookie with a dairy-free filling. These treats are perfect for Halloween. No silly, these are not for your trick or treaters, give them out at a gluten-free Halloween party or just as a fun snack to your own little ghosts and gobblins.
These nut-free whoopie pies are based on my Paleo Chocolate Cupcake recipe another gluten-free, nut-free dessert recipe that comes in quite handy around the holidays. I hope you enjoy this whoopie pie recipe!
- Pulse together dry ingredients in a food processor
- Pulse in wet ingredients until smooth
- Scoop batter onto parchment paper lined baking sheet, using a 1 tablespoon scoop
- Make sure to scrape all of the batter out of the food processor in order to get proper yield
- Bake at 350 7-9 minutes
- Cool for 1 hour
- Fill with Pumpkin Whipped Cream
Makes 16 individual cookies and 8 whoopie pies
Wow, what a great bunch you are. I’ve been having so much fun with you on Facebook this past week with giveaways and various conversations about food and just generally living a healthy life. If you feel like you really need to be in touch with me, leave a message on my Facebook page. I stop by and answer personal questions at least once a week and post recipes, provide informational tidbits and host little discussions most days. I’ve really been enjoying getting to know you all better.
Here are some healthy candy recipes to serve at a gluten-free Halloween party!